The Vanished Frontier
Reviewed by: Lexi Bissonnette
Yellowbirds second album, The Vanished Frontier, takes listeners on a soulful journey with sounds and lyrics. Reminiscent of the Beatles’ sound in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, both in musical sound and evoked emotions, this album was wonderful to listen to and seemed to transport my state of mind to a different time. I felt very at ease listening to the beautiful harmonies and sounds of Sam Cohen’s melodic voice, almost like I could see myself swaying along to the tracks, feeling like Yellowbirds are a group of old friends coming back to see me. I felt completely enthralled listening to this album.
With song titles like ‘The Ceiling’ and ‘What’s Out there’, that evoke a sense of longing for something that is not there currently, or perhaps something that never was to begin with, The Vanished Frontier is a wonderfully melodic album. The tracks themselves range from an eerie medallic, with ‘Stop Tonight’ and The ‘Vanished Frontier’ standing out most, to a more fun and playful take with ‘For Girls Who Love to Sing’ and ‘Julian’. All of the songs blending a wonderful set of instrumental chords with a beautiful singing voice and lyrics that are, for the most part, easy to connect with.
Yellowbirds is the brainchild of Sam Cohen, previously of Apollo Sunshine. The Brooklyn native band will be spending the month of June playing at Brooklyn’s Rockwood Music Hall with different guest bands every Wednesday evening.